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Old 07-23-2013, 04:43 PM   #11
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Where to start? I guess it all depends on how much money you want to spend.

Colt, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, Ruger, Remington, Sig, Rock Island Armory, Les Baer, Wilson Combat, and so on and so forth.

There are a lot of great 1911's out there at all kinds of price points. You're asking the same kind of question as "who makes a good sports car" or "who makes the best hamburger".
Good point within 500 - 1200$
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Sorry for my misunderstanding.

Almost any will work, but first check this out:
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/choosing-your-first-1911-a-21860/

Then look at the company that made it. Customer service, warranty (and what voids the warranty), and fit / finish should all be considered.
No no, no sorries needed. You have a legitimate point, if going for top of the line performance.
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Good point within 500 - 1200$
My top two choices would be Ruger and Springfield in that range. YMMV
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For approx. $2000, any 1911 can be tweaked and tuned to be reliable and accurate.

The only difference is the initial cost of the platform.

If you bought a 1911 for $1000, add another $1000 in work and parts for an outstanding handgun.
If you bought a 1911 for $500, add another $1500 in work and parts for an outstanding handgun.
If you bought a 1911 for $2000, you should have an outstanding handgun already.
Do what? I own lots of 1911's and none at the present cost over a $1,000. ALL have been reliable with not a single malfunction other than mag related. I had a buddy buy a bunch of $5 mags at a gun show a few years ago. They are all gone now. .22, 9mm. .38 super, and .45 so far. The .22 has had a couple of stove pipes in 3,00 rounds but not the others. If a gun doesn't work send it back and never buy a 1911 or any gun that doesn't have a lifetime warranty.
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no questions, colt

close second springfield armory

distant third ruger.

kimber doesnt even make my list of quality firearms much less anything in the 1911 world. im not a kimber fan.

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Do what? I own lots of 1911's and none at the present cost over a $1,000. ALL have been reliable with not a single malfunction other than mag related. I had a buddy buy a bunch of $5 mags at a gun show a few years ago. They are all gone now. .22, 9mm. .38 super, and .45 so far. The .22 has had a couple of stove pipes in 3,00 rounds but not the others. If a gun doesn't work send it back and never buy a 1911 or any gun that doesn't have a lifetime warranty.
There are good 1911s in all price ranges. But, there no outstanding 1911s in all price ranges.
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Consider a Colt Rail Gun.

- Prices were around 1K, not sure what they are now
- It's stainless steel, blued 1911's require more care
- It has a picatinny rail for a SureFire X300 (don't leave home without it)
- The slide and frame are both forgings, if memory serves
- A little more care and attention goes into the fitment of parts
- It comes with useable sights from the box
- Replacement parts are still available (buy extras: springs, firing pin, extractor)
- Magazines generally work, at least mine do
- You can get a quality kydex (plastic) holster for a railed 1911 with a X300

After you get your Colt, have a good smith go through the gun and make sure the extractor and springs are GTG. He should have the gauges necessary to make sure all the parts are in spec. I can't speak to what you get with a 3K+ 1911, but 1K 1911's like a Colt need to have the springs and extractor checked. If you know how to do that yourself and have the tools, even better (I bought the gauges so I don't have to go to a smith).

A 1911 is not inexpensive to properly manufacture. Remember that before you decide to carry it. You can get better guns than Colt makes, but you're going to spend a substantial amount of money.

You will need the spare parts. I like 1911's, but none of the 3 Colt's that I've owned have gone 5K without an issue with the extractor, springs, or sights. Basically, Colt saves cost on the springs and extractor. They're not terrible but Wilson Combat, for example, makes better parts.

At 1K I consider a Colt an affordable 1911 that requires some user care and attention to make sure it continues to run smoothly.

If it doesn't come with rubber grips, buy some. I replaced the wood grips that my Colt came with rubber and I am pleased with the purchase I get on the pistol. Colt sells rubber grips off their website and my experience is that they fit their pistols snugly and without issue. You need blue locktite for the grip screws. All of mine have worked themselves loose.

Apart from that, choose whichever 1911 you like best that's affordable on your budget and appeals to you most.

I've shot 3K+ 1911's and I've shot a variety of Colt, Kimber, and several others. All the ones I've used have been functional weapons. Some work better than others. Colt is sufficiently high quality for my personal uses and I would not spend much more than 1K on a 1911, but that's just me.

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I have a Remington 1911R1, and I love it. It's quality is well worth the price! I bought mine used, but never shot for $550. I think they go for around $700 NIB.

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Oh, and one last thing.

You can't buy skill. I've seen a variety of shooters who have purchased very expensive 1911's on the local ranges I frequent and most of them just manage to shoot a dinner plate or saucer at 7 yards.

Unless you're an accomplished marksman, buying a 3K 1911 won't yield any better results than a 1K 1911.

I can count on one hand the number of non-professional shooters I've seen over the past 10 years or so who were capable of shooting more accurately than the pistol they had in their hands.

Start with a basic 1911 and after you worn it out, then consider buying a fancy 1911.

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Start with a basic 1911 and after it wears you out, then consider buying a fancy 1911.
Fixed it for ya!
If you do maintenance and change springs on a regular basis, the gun should out last you.
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